Back 28th October 2022 EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LAMINATING Lamination in the graphics industry is used to protect printed materials by applying a thin coating of plastic film over the finished product. Some of the most popular laminating options are matt, gloss, and textured laminate. Laminating works extremely well on products that are frequently exposed to damp and dirty conditions such as construction signage, health and safety notices, fuel labels and hire stickers to list a few. Laminated surfaces can also be cleaned and wiped over without the underprint quality being affected. BENEFITS OF LAMINATING Laminating has a variety of advantages, including: Additional print durabilityScratch resistanceTear resistanceWater and weatherproofingUV protectionStain resistanceWipeable TYPES OF LAMINATING GLOSS LAMINATE Gloss laminates are a popular option and it’s easy to understand why. A glossy finish can make text and images look sharper, clearer, and more defined due to the colours appearing to have more contrast. A gloss laminate is easy to wipe clean too, making it a practical choice as well as an aesthetic one. The shiny surface deters dirt, dust, and fingerprint marks with ease. MATT LAMINATE Matt lamination provides a subtle and sophisticated finish, making it a popular choice for a variety of products. Matt laminates, as opposed to gloss laminates, give a softer appearance by producing less contrast in darker colours. The finish deflects glare too allowing the print to be read from any angle. Matt laminate also provides an easy-to-write-on surface which makes it a practical option. TEXTURED LAMINATE Textured or sandy matt laminates have a sand-paper-like texture that is easy to grip or hold onto. This laminated finish works particularly well on floor graphics as it offers a non-slip surface that is both durable and robust, it can be walked on or driven over with ease. With various options available, contact us today to see how we can help your printed products last with our range of laminates and finishes.